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Where There’s a Will, There’s a Way! Staff and Donors Come Together to Unload Large Donation

This summer, RMHC received an incredible donation of paper products from Cascades Tissue Group.

After Nate Wright heard about his relative’s positive experience with RMHC, he asked what he could do to help. His family suggested donating paper towels from RMHC’s wish list.  Nate turned to his employer, Cascades Tissue Group, who agreed to donate.  The company was eager to help and emphasized that, “it would have to be by the truck load.” Cascade donated not only paper towel, but toilet tissue and paper napkins as well!  What wonderful news!

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Board Directors Give Back

This summer, RMHC Board Directors got the opportunity to help prepare and serve a family meal to House Guests.  Mark Ship, Board Director, shares his experience below.

“As a  board director, I was so appreciative of the opportunity for my wife and I to participate with other board directors in preparing and serving a family meal. The parents, grandparents and children we met all had remarkable and heartfelt stories of why they were staying at the Ronald McDonald House. It was nice knowing that for at least a part of their tough day, we were able to provide and show them in some small way how much we care about them and their children. The gratitude in their eyes was as powerful as we know the aches in their hearts must be.”

Mark Ship | Board Director


Tab Toss Day 2015 a Success

Every year, I attend Tab Toss Day and it is amazing.  Seeing hundreds of people who have been collecting and saving tabs all year fill two and a half dumpsters is quite a thrill!  Just imagine how much effort went into that.

So many people coming together: Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, church groups, Harley Riders, the Sheriff’s SWAT Team, all coming year after year, all trying to do something to help families staying at RMHC.

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Sibling Bags Bring Smiles to All

My Ronald McDonald House journey began 16 years ago when my mother delivered twins at 24 weeks, each barely weighing one pound. The babies were immediately sent to the Children’s Hospital in Dayton, Ohio while my family checked into the Ronald McDonald House two blocks away.

Looking back, those three months were a blur of a time that my teenage mind could barely even comprehend. As an RMHC sibling, I remember feeling confused, lost, and BORED! Hours, upon hours, were spent at the hospital- many in the NICU waiting room with nothing to do. While I can’t recall all the amenities of the Dayton Ronald McDonald House, I do remember one essential thing that helped set my adolescent mind at ease…

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Brewers Love

Our four year old son was given Brewers tickets by RMHC. After a long morning of appointments, we went to the game.   We had a wonderful time.  It was nice to have a break from appointments and spend some time doing something fun with our child.  After the Brewers won, Mark Attanasio, the owner of the team, paid a special visit to Jerome and gave him the game ball that he personally autographed! Jerome was thrilled with the gift and they took this cute photo together. Jerome was smiling from ear to ear and it’ll be something he remembers for the rest of his life! All thanks to RMHC for giving us the tickets!

Gloria Anderson | House Guest

Jerome and Mark Attanasio at the Brewers game.
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Our Little Buddy

We are the Salcherts from Sheboygan, WI.  Our immediate family consists of two parents and eight biological children, a son-in-law and a daughter-in-law.

We thought we were done “having” kiddos almost fourteen years ago but life has tossed us a few unexpected curve balls.  Three years ago, we opened our home and our hearts to taking in babies with a life-limiting diagnosis/prognosis.  What an incredible adventure it has been; heart wrenching, yet so very rewarding.

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Learning to Slow Down

There are monsters and super heroes in the garden this afternoon, running at the speed of light across the bridge… back and forth they go, tirelessly chasing each other.  Their energy and focus are endless; I am envious of their youth and agility! They push and shove one minute and in the next hold hands and help one another get up.  They forgive easily and love mightily.  They are warriors! They are friends! They are super heroes!

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Notes to Fairies

“Hello! Help all the children get better.”

“I just wanted to know if there are all kinds of fairies and talents. P.S. I really like fairies.”

“Hi, little fairies. Enjoy the peaceful gardens. Marysue was here.”

These are notes left in the Secret Garden Fairy Garden during the Windows into Wauwatosa Tour on Saturday, June 20, 2015. In total, 228 visitors came to see the common area of the House and tour the Secret Garden.

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Celebrating Pam Buckley

After spending 20 years with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Pam Buckley, Community Relations Director, has announced her retirement.  Last night, staff, volunteers, friends, and family came together to celebrate and honor Pam for all the great work she has done.  I caught up with Pam to reflect on her time at RMHC.

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